The UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions

Explanatory Notes

  • Sabine von Schorlemer
  • Peter-Tobias Stoll

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
    1. Sabine von Schorlemer
      Pages 1-19
    2. Peter-Tobias Stoll, Sven Mißling, Johannes Jürging
      Pages 23-60
  2. Objectives and Guiding Principles

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 61-61
    2. Michael Hahn
      Pages 63-82
    3. Toshiyuki Kono
      Pages 83-114
  3. Scope of Application

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 115-115
    2. Sabine von Schorlemer
      Pages 117-130
  4. Definitions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 131-131
    2. Nina Obuljen
      Pages 133-160
  5. Rights and Obligations of Parties

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 161-161
    2. Jukka Liedes, Kimmo Aulake
      Pages 163-177
    3. Sven Mißling, Bernd M. Scherer
      Pages 199-222
    4. Lilian Richieri Hanania, Hélène Ruiz Fabri
      Pages 223-243
    5. Christine M. Merkel
      Pages 245-282
    6. Martin Gerner
      Pages 283-306
    7. Christine M. Merkel
      Pages 307-351
    8. Robert Palmer, Kathrin Merkle
      Pages 353-360
    9. Edna dos Santos-Duisenberg
      Pages 371-391
    10. Jens Kåre Rasmussen, Laura Gómez Bustos
      Pages 393-404
    11. Xavier Troussard, Valérie Panis-Cendrowicz, Julien Guerrier
      Pages 405-455
  6. Relationship to Other Instruments

  7. Organs of the Convention

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 553-553
    2. Sylvia Maus
      Pages 555-570
    3. Roland Bernecker
      Pages 571-587
    4. Anna Steinkamp
      Pages 589-595
  8. Final Clauses

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 597-597
    2. Ivan Bernier
      Pages 599-615
    3. Anja Eikermann, Johannes Jürging
      Pages 629-657
    4. Christine M. Merkel
      Pages 659-667
    5. Johannes Jürging, Anja Eikermann
      Pages 669-676
    6. Andrea F. G. Raschèr, David Vitali
      Pages 677-690
    7. Heidrun Groß
      Pages 691-699
    8. Heidrun Groß
      Pages 701-712
    9. Tina Roeder
      Pages 713-725
    10. Anna Steinkamp
      Pages 727-730
    11. Tina Roeder
      Pages 731-736
    12. Sabine von Schorlemer, Peter-Tobias Stoll
      Pages 737-737
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 751-778

About this book


The 2005 UNESCO Convention on Cultural Diversity is a landmark agreement in modern international law of culture. It reflects the diverse and pluralist understanding of culture, as well as its growing commercial dimension. Thirty diplomats, practitioners and academics explain and assess this important agreement in a commentary style. Article by article, the evolution, concepts, contents and implications of the Convention are analysed in depth and are complemented by valuable recommendations for implementation. In an unprecedented way, the book draws on the first-hand insights of negotiators and on the experience of practitioners in implementation, including international cooperation, and combines this with a good deal of critical academic reflection. It is a valuable guide for those who deal with the Convention and its implementation in governments, diplomacy, international organizations, cultural institutions and non-governmental organizations and will also serve as an important resource for academic work in such fields as international law and international relations.


Cultural Diversity Diversity of Cultural Expressions International Law UNESCO

Editors and affiliations

  • Sabine von Schorlemer
    • 1
  • Peter-Tobias Stoll
    • 2
  1. 1.LeipzigGermany
  2. 2., Institute of for International LawGeorg August University of GöttingenGöttingenGermany

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